About the ARA

The Association of Rugby Agents (ARA) is the organisation of individuals and companies engaged in the representation of professional rugby union players in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The ARA is a non-profit, unincorporated trade body governed by its members under a constitution. It is the only organisation representing rugby agents in the UK and Ireland.

The aims of the ARA include:

  • Maintaining a code of professional practice to which all Members of the Association (Members) shall commit themselves;
  • Discussing matters of common professional interest;
  • Providing a vehicle for representing the view of rugby agents in discussion of matters of common interest with other professional bodies, the media industry and to the public; and
  • Being committed to encouraging the highest ethical standards. All individuals involved in the Association should conduct themselves with integrity, transparency, accountability and in a fair and equitable manner.

The ARA was formally established in 2007, but has acted informally in the interests of most practising agents for a number of years prior to the adoption of a code of practise, constitution, rules of membership and governance.

At the beginning of 2009, the ARA had 44 individual members from 24 separate organisations. Membership of the ARA is open to any UK or Ireland-based registered agent.

Current members of ARA Working Committee:

Mark Spoors – Chairman –  Esportif

Tony Copsey – Acting CEO – Independent

David Williams – Big Bug

Christian Abt – Essentially

Marc Baldry – Bold Sports Management

Rhys Davies – View Sports

Tim Lopez – Essentially

Richard Wilks – Green Room

Daren O’Leary – Top Marque

Rob Burgess – James Grant

Rhys Parsons – Esportif

To apply to join the ARA please click here.

To ensure that Agents have a proper representation at the Agents Review Board and with the home union governing bodies we need all agents to join the ARA.

The ARA is a not for profit organisation and these fees will help us further develop services to members. These include:

  • Funding of an independent CEO
  • Development  of a new website to enable us to communicate with agents and help provide  cheaper Public Liability Insurance, Financial Services, Legal Advice, and up to date news on matters concerning our industry.
  • It is vitally important that rugby agents in the UK and Ireland have a voice – without your membership and support we will simply be unable to do this, so please join today!  Please click here.